Kerala govt may reexamine fuel cess hike on account of escalating protests

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Police arrest and remove Youth Congress activists who protested in front of CM's guest house in Kochi | Photo: VK Aji/ Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government is likely to reassess the budget proposal to impose Rs 2 additional cess on petrol and diesel on account of the intensifying protests against the move. Certain political factions in the LDF have also expressed discontent about the price hike.

Following a meeting with the chief minister, CPM state secretary MV Govindan said that the final decision regarding the budget proposals will only be made after holding discussions in the assembly. CPI secretary Kanam Rajendran’s response was also similar to his CPM counterpart’s statement. LDF convener EP Jayarajan opined that the decision to hike the cess of petrol and diesel will affect the everyday lives of the public.

The LDF attempts to pacify the issue as Congress considers stepping up protests in the state. Congress, which announced a protest on Thursday, has preponed it to Tuesday after learning that the government may withdraw the decision in the Assembly on Wednesday.

Police had arrested and removed several Youth Congress activists, who waved black flags against the ministers on the last day.

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